The Gift of a Conscience


I burnt my hand yesterday.

I was so excited to be making eggplant parm with the eggplants from my garden!

The kitchen was smelling so good and I was dipping eggplant slices into the egg and breadcrumb mixture.

After layering the eggplant with the sauce and cheeses, I picked up a pan by it’s handle and set it in the sink.

A few minutes later as I saw the pan sitting in the sink, my brain didn’t compute that a few moments ago that very  pan had been sitting upon a high heat.

I picked up the pan to wash it.

I placed one hand on the handle and the other hand (ouch) on the bottom of the skillet. I immediately dropped the pan, but my hand already had the red marks and swelling began. I held it under cold water for a bit and it ended up being fine.

I’m thankful God built instinct into us.

Birds know how to build a nest without being taught.

Burrowing animals are born knowing how to burrow.

As a measure of protection for us, God gave us our five senses and due to my sense of touch, my brain was able to quickly register “drop the pan”, “it’s hot” without my applying a whole lot of thinking to the situation.

God also has given us a conscience.

It can be that little tugging thought that won’t seem to leave us alone.

We know right from wrong and yet we have a choice to make.

I watched my daughter lovingly tell her 2 year old not to hang on something yesterday. He kept his eyes glued to hers as he reached for the bar and hung anyway.

She told him again to please get down. He could get hurt.

He could fall, etc.

He chose to continue to hang…eye to eye…”is this better mommy?”…when he knew all along that it wasn’t.

He didn’t fall and I’m glad that he didn’t, but there will most likely come a day when he will “hang” again and fall and cry. My daughter will be there for him, but I’m pretty sure she will also remind him that she had warned him about the danger of hanging on this particular bar.

May we live, (May I live) more sensitive to God.

May I allow my conscience to burn when I am not in alignment with His will and His ways. I don’t want to desensitize myself to God’s Higher ways.

1 Samuel 24:5

“Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.”


Acts 24:16

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”

1 Timothy 3:9

“They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.”

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